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Rain blights first day of Yamaha and Suzuki test in Sepang

Rain blights first day of Yamaha and Suzuki test in Sepang

Rain blights first day of Yamaha and Suzuki test in Sepang

Bad weather interrupted proceedings for the Yamaha and Suzuki squads on the first of their three-day test in Sepang today. Whilst Suzuki began initial tests with Bridgestone tyres on the GSV-R, Carlos Checa worked on the new evolution of the Deltabox frame, which was first introduced to the M1 at Valencia almost one month ago. However, around three hours into the session the heavens opened, forcing the riders back into the pit garage.

Although Valentino Rossi was denied the opportunity to test the Yamaha by Honda, who hold his contract until the 31st December, his chief mechanic Jeremy Burgess was on hand to watch Checa spend the morning gathering data from the new-spec chassis alongside Yamaha test riders Norick Abe and Norihiko Fujiwara. Checa completed 30 laps before the rain interrupted his rhythm, with a best lap time of 2'04.9s. Abe and Fujiwara continued testing on the wet track.

"I managed to get in about three hours before the rain started," said Checa. "It wasn't exactly a surprise as it's been raining here at the same time in the afternoon for the past few days. I still had enough time to give some information to the Yamaha engineers comparing engine data between the two chassis specs I was testing and understanding where the benefits are. I'm still quite positive and found the hours we had were worthwhile. It will be frustrating, however, if it rains again tomorrow."

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MotoGP, 2003

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